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Italian Energy Agency (GSE) Shut Down Due to Ransomware Attack

The BlackCat/ALPHV ransomware gang claimed responsibility for an attack that hit the systems of Italy’s energy agency Gestore dei Servizi Energetici SpA (GSE) over the weekend.

GSE is a publicly-owned company that promotes and supports renewable energy sources (RES) across Italy.

GSE disclosed that its website and systems were taken down to block the attackers from gaining access to the data after detecting the attack on Sunday night—GSE’s website is still down as of writing.

Cybersecurity authorities and police in Italy are still investigating the attack and looking into what data was compromised during the incident.

Before GSE’s disclosure, the BlackCat ransomware group added a new entry to its dark web data leak site claiming to have stolen roughly 700GB of files from the Italian energy agency’s servers.

The attackers say that the stolen files contain confidential data, including contracts, reports, project information, accounting documents, and other internal documentation.

This attack follows another incident involving Eni SpA, the largest energy company in Italy, with more than 31,000 employees that operates in national and international markets.

Eni SpA was recently hacked as part of a cyberattack the firm said had minor consequences on its operations.

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